Archives for March 2012

Weekend Open Thread

ASOS Neon Pink Double Strap WatchSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

OK, I’m kind of obsessed with neon pink at the moment.  Is it because I had a really, really awesome sweatshirt that said “Washington, DC” in alternating shades of neon pink, yellow and green, which I unwittingly wore to my surprise 16th birthday party?  Hey, who knows.  I do like this neon pink double-strapped watch from ASOS, though — was $35, now marked to $28.  ASOS Neon Pink Double Strap Watch

P.S. In tech news, hooray for the Sprint 4G network — there for me when Time Warner Internet is a complete and utter failure. Grumble.

Weekly News Update

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The Careerist wonders whether neon is appropriate for the workplace.
SavvySugar recommends some great, albeit a bit unusual, places to network.
Forbes Woman looks at careers where women are taking over (and where they’re not).
Inc Magazine suggests three ways to build a smarter, more productive routine. Meanwhile, GTD fans, Lifehacker looks at how David Allen organizes his workspace.
MintLife has some handy suggestions on how to spend $500M if you happen to win the lottery.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: City Stretch Peplum Sleeveless Top

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

City Stretch Peplum Sleeveless TopOne of my guilty pleasures (at least in seasons past) has been The Real Housewives of New York — so of course I clicked when Refinery 29 had a tour of Countess LuAnn’s apartment. I had to rub my eyes when one of the photos credited a white peplum top as being from New York & Company — amidst all of her other designer duds the credit just seemed out of place! It is a cute — and affordable — top, though, so I had to share. It was $39.95, but take an extra 30% off everything with promo code 3011. City Stretch Peplum Sleeveless Top

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Coffee Break – Cheree Colorblock Pump

Kate Spade New York Cheree Colorblock PumpWe had the Rothko-inspired skirt the other day, now for the Mondrian-inspired shoes… I love the fun colorblocking on these shoes, as well as the patent leather accents. This is the kind of shoe I would wear with a black skirt and black blouse, and then pick up one of the colors in another accessory (necklace, brooch, bracelet). The shoes are $325, which gets you really close to getting the a $50 Neiman Marcus giftcard and (today only) lots of bonus points — through April 1, spend at least $350 on shoes or handbags and get a $50 giftcard with code NMGC. Kate Spade New York Cheree Colorblock Pump

(They’re also available at Zappos and Bloomingdale’s.)


N.B. Peep toes are not appropriate for every office — know your office!

The Chatty Boss

Blah blah blah, originaally uploaded to Flickr by theunquietlibrarian.2017 update: We still stand by our advice below on how to get your work done with a chatty boss — but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on how to deal when your assistant talks too much.

How do you get any work done when your boss is a Chatty Kathy? Reader K is having some trouble adjusting to her new boss’s management style…

I have recently switched jobs in the legal profession and am having trouble adjusting to the management “style” of my new boss. My previous supervisor was a hands off type of person, to whom I spoke only sparingly when necessary.

My new supervisor is the total opposite. He is very chatty about everything under the sun and if I am not careful he will consume half of my time (literally) during a given work day to chit chat, mostly about non-work related topics. I end up zoning in an out of listening and am afraid I will soon start pulling my hair out due to the unproductive nature of our interactions!

I pride myself on being very productive and am having trouble adjusting. What advice might you have for my situation?

Wow — great question. I particularly see this management style more in smaller offices where everyone is friendlier just because they’re working in close quarters — but it can happen in big offices, as well. Especially when you’re the newbie, you don’t want to be unfriendly — but you also want to finish your work and get out of there at a reasonable hour. We’ve talked before about how to discourage chatty coworkers, but we haven’t really talked about how to deal with it when it’s your boss. (Pictured: Blah blah blah, originally uploaded to Flickr by theunquietlibrarian.)

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Geo Print Silk Top

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Trinity Geo Print Silk TopI love the colors on this silk blouse from Trinity — I think the pinks, corals, oranges, and navy can be great for spring or fall. I will say, though, that this can veer “weekend!” pretty quickly, and so I think that for the office, it needs to be worn with a structured piece, such as tucked into a high-waisted skirt or trousers with a pleat, or worn with a sharp-looking blazer. It’s $89 at Piperlime. Trinity Geo Print Silk Top

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